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Definition of tolerate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tolerate
    he / she / it tolerates
    past simple tolerated
    -ing form tolerating
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  1. 1to allow someone to do something that you do not agree with or like synonym put up with tolerate something Their relationship was tolerated but not encouraged. This sort of behavior will not be tolerated. tolerate (somebody/something) doing/being/having something She refused to tolerate being called a liar.
  2. 2tolerate somebody/something to accept someone or something that is annoying, unpleasant, etc. without complaining synonym put up with There is a limit to what one person can tolerate. I don't know how you tolerate that noise!
  3. 3tolerate something to be able to be affected by a drug, difficult conditions, etc. without being harmed She tolerated the chemotherapy well. Few plants will tolerate sudden changes in temperature.
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